Milk and Honey Experience

35 Minutes and 24 seconds , 1969
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A group of US students go on a year-long exchange in Israel. They attend Jerusalem’s Hebrew University’s Givat Ram campus (that has not changed one bit since filming), volunteer at an archaeological dig in the Old City, spend a few days working in a kibbutz, and fail to form a solid opinion about their overall Israeli experience (although, already two minutes into the film, one female student asserts that the single most important sentence in the Hebrew language is, “don’t touch me!”). The cast, all of whom play themselves, may not be trained actors and indeed, some of the staged scenes are a bit cringeworthy, however; the film is not without its share of lovely moments: the relatively untainted vistas of the land, or just the fact that though it was made at the height of the Land of Israel’s third golden age, it remains almost entirely without so much as a hint of pathos. But mostly, Milk and Honey Experience’s greatest strength is the reality that even five decades after it was made, it remains every bit as thought provoking in terms of the distance Israel has travelled from its erstwhile self, and from American Jews.
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